Naturalist Residencies

Naturalist Residencies

Living and working on Catalina Island is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Our Resident Naturalists bring the curriculum to life with their passion to inspire and a wealth of knowledge and experience in a variety of disciplines. The Naturalist Residency is a paid seasonal position lasting between 9 and 13 weeks with training and development provided and the option to specialize roles through lifeguarding, business and retail experience, bilingual teaching, archery range master, or research. Many of our Naturalists continue their professional journeys after Emerald Bay with educator positions, graduate and post-graduate studies, and innovative research all around the globe.

To Join Our Team: Apply Here

Students at Emerald Bay Sign


  • Loved it! Emerald Bay had everything from snorkeling to archery. Everyone was SUPER helpful and polite! If you ever have a chance to spend the weekend here, I highly recommend you do!!

    -Katherine G. Girl Scout/Scout BSA
  • Spending the weekend away at Emerald Bay was a parent’s delight. The youngsters were taken care of extremely well. There was plenty of qualified adult supervision in the water with the kayaks and paddle boards. Being able to watch some of them scuba dive was also quite amazing. I loved the competition on Saturday where the girls were able to put teams together in different age groups and participate in swimming, kayaking, and running. The cabins were great! The food was awesome! I cannot wait to come back!

    Rene G. Girl Scout Leader/Educator
  • “A lot of the students have been stepping out of the box to challenge themselves. We asked them to say yes to things they would normally say no to. I’ve been hearing them say ‘I’m having more than that I thought’ or ‘I’m having a great time.”